A little more about the Climate Change Mitigation Tool

Simulating stakeholder pledges for reducing emissions

The simulator rapidly tests pledged emissions’ reductions for sustainability – and lets participants at facilitated sessions see the resulting implications from both a local and a global “context-based” sustainability perspective.

For example, the Contributors screen below shows different emissions reduction pledges from various stakeholder groups (residents, the local college, and other sectors). These reductions are from a percentage reduction perspective, where the percentage is relative to a projected baseline of “business as usual” (BAU).

The Who contributes…? screen below then compares the sustainability of the pledged future with the BAU future. The closer the blue line adheres to the red line, the more the community is staying “on the path” to sustainability. Similarly, the sustainability assessment metrics shown in the center of the screen indicate the effectiveness of emissions strategies. Scores less than, or equal to, 1.0 are sustainable; the greater the scores from 1.0, the less sustainable. The scenario here is a dramatic improvement over the BAU future, and provides stakeholders with an understanding of how they all need to contribute – and that returning to acceptable levels of emissions is doable, even if it may be difficult.

About The Donella Meadows Project

The mission of the Donella Meadows Project is to preserve Donella (Dana) H. Meadows’s legacy as an inspiring leader, scholar, writer, and teacher; to manage the intellectual property rights related to Dana’s published work; to provide and maintain a comprehensive and easily accessible archive of her work online, including articles, columns, and letters; to develop new resources and programs that apply her ideas to current issues and make them available to an ever-larger network of students, practitioners, and leaders in social change.  Read More

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